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Friday, September 07, 2018

Primer Dugout (and link of the day) 9-7-2018

Omaha Daily Bee, September 7, 1918:

The Chicago Nationals put the world’s series on a 50-50 basis [yesterday] by defeating the Boston American, 3 to 1, in a good, old-fashioned game of base ball.

Tyler, pitching for Chicago, was the hero of the contest, for he projected a steady stream of bafflers and capped the climax by shooting a single over second that scored two runs.

All of Chicago’s runs were made in the second, when Bush, on the bridge for the Red Sox, could see periscopes bobbing up all around his craft.

...which would be super-distracting if you’re trying to pitch.

Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2018 at 10:12 AM | 11 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Jefferson Manship (Dan Lee) Posted: September 07, 2018 at 10:15 AM (#5740424)
A nice pitching staff on today's Birthday Team, but subpar position players. When Foutz pitches, Schroeder moves to first base and Lew Ritter (1.93 career WAR) catches.

C: Bill Schroeder (2.66 WAR)
1B/SP/Manager: Dave Foutz (35.42 WAR)
2B: David Newhan (0.8 WAR)
3B: Jarrod Patterson (-0.22 WAR)
SS: Tommy Matchick (-0.55 WAR)
LF: Joe Rudi (25.44 WAR)
CF: Darren Bragg (8.94 WAR)
RF: Willie Crawford (21.3 WAR)

SP: Curt Davis (39 WAR)
SP: Hooks Wiltse (30.27 WAR)
SP: Mark Prior (16.57 WAR)
SP: Jesse Duryea (14 WAR)
RP: Jason Isringhausen (13.02 WAR)
RP: Wade Davis (12.43 WAR)

A gathering to celebrate guys named Roy: Roy Partee
Broadcasters: Bill Campbell, Suzyn Waldman
If his nickname wasn't The Alarm Clock, I have no idea what we're doing anymore: Nap Kloza
Not those ones: Tommy Johns
Twice as many arms as Hugh Daily: Ed Daily
Umpires: John Brockway, John Hirschbeck, Justin Klemm
   2. Batman Posted: September 07, 2018 at 10:30 AM (#5740437)
Prior is six months younger than Rich Hill. Prior's last career win was the same week as Hill's first.
   3. What did Billy Ripken have against ElRoy Face? Posted: September 07, 2018 at 10:34 AM (#5740441)
Twice as many arms as Hugh Daily:
Doesn't really narrow it down much, does it?
   4. snapper (history's 42nd greatest monster) Posted: September 07, 2018 at 12:20 PM (#5740510)
Lots of good players I never heard of, today.

What's the story with Curt Davis not making the bigs until age 30? Still won 158 games with a 116 ERA+. Could have been a HoFer if he had started at a more normal age.
   5. Batman Posted: September 07, 2018 at 12:23 PM (#5740514)
Curt Davis won 90 games in the PCL from ages 25-29. Later the Phillies traded him for a Hall of Famer, the Cubs traded him for another one, and then the Cardinals traded him with a third one.
   6. Misirlou doesn't live in the restaurant Posted: September 07, 2018 at 12:26 PM (#5740519)
What's the story with Curt Davis not making the bigs until age 30? Still won 158 games with a 116 ERA+. Could have been a HoFer if he had started at a more normal age.

From his SABR player bio:

Curtis Benton Davis was born in Greenfield, Missouri, on September 7, 1903, the second of five children of William Riley Davis and the former Ida Brown. When Curtis was 3, the family moved to a farm near Salem, Oregon. Farm chores left little time for play. The boy was introduced to baseball when he entered Monmouth High School, where he played first base and the outfield as well as pitcher.

Curtis dropped out of school and found jobs picking apples, laboring on road construction, and working as a lumberjack and truck driver in logging camps. He didn’t have the energy for baseball: “You see, after the kind of work I used to do, a fellow didn’t need much exercise for recreation.”2 As he told it, he was watching a game between rival town teams when he remarked that he could do better than that lousy pitcher. The team’s manager overheard him and called him out to the mound. Lumberjack boots and all, Davis finished the game with six strong innings. He became an itinerant semipro pitcher, jumping from team to team for pay raises from $15 a game to $50.

Davis was 24 years old when he signed his first professional contract with San Francisco of the Pacific Coast League in the fall of 1927. After a year in Class-C ball at Salt Lake City, he and his teammate Lefty Gomez moved up to the Seals in 1929. The 20-year-old Gomez went 18-11, Davis 17-13.

The Yankees paid $45,000 for Gomez, and the Seals hung a similar price tag on Davis. Several major league clubs were interested, but not at that price. Davis stayed in the Coast League for four more years, racking up two 20-win seasons and leading the league with a 2.24 ERA in 1932. The club rejected a reported $25,000 offer from the Giants’ Bill Terry. Davis longed to go to the majors, but baseball rules left him no way out. “I feel those San Francisco owners deprived me of thousands of dollars in salary,” he said.3

The Seals owners paid for their greed when Davis became eligible for the minor league draft after the 1933 season. The Philadelphia Phillies claimed him for just $7,500.

   7. Batman Posted: September 07, 2018 at 12:30 PM (#5740524)
The SABR bio says he (or somebody) lied about his age. It also says Curt Blefary was named after him.
   8. Rennie's Tenet Posted: September 07, 2018 at 12:56 PM (#5740543)
I've always thought it interesting that PCL clubs had their own farm teams.

Tommy Matchick's a footnote to a footnote, batted .203 for the 1968 Tigers and was passed over along with Ray Oyler for Mickey Stanley in the Series.
   9. Bote Man Posted: September 07, 2018 at 01:32 PM (#5740560)
   10. Man o' Schwar Posted: September 07, 2018 at 02:11 PM (#5740582)
Can we just all agree never to mention Mark Prior again? I can't take it.

16+ WAR by his age 24 season, and then never pitched again after age 25.
   11. Pat Rapper's Delight (as quoted on MLB Network) Posted: September 07, 2018 at 05:35 PM (#5740699)
but subpar position players.


LF: Joe Rudi (25.44 WAR)

I tell ya, that Joe Rudi. He's so underrated.

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